IAU Symposium 307: New windows on massive stars


Travel advice

Local transportation

The majority of you will fly into the Geneva-Cointrin international airport that is located at nearly 4 km from Geneva city centre. It is easily reachable by train or by bus using the united network of public transport Unireso. Only one single ticket is required to travel by train, tram, bus or boat in the area France-Vaud-Geneva. You can pick up a free ticket for public transport from the machine in the baggage collection area at the Arrival level. This Unireso ticket, offered by Geneva International Airport, allows you to use public transport in Geneva free for a period of 80 minutes.

It takes only 6 minutes from/to Geneva city centre by train (every 12 minutes at rush hours). The airport railway station has direct access to the airport Check-in and Arrival levels. All trains stop at Geneva-Cornavin station (city centre).

The following urban buses stop every 8-15 minutes at rush hours at the airport (bus stops at the Check-in level, in front of or beside the train station) from/to:

  • Geneva city centre - Onex: bus 10;
  • International organisations - Geneva city centre: bus 5;
  • International organisations - lake: bus 28;
  • Meyrin: bus 28;
  • Le Lignon - Lancy - Plan-les-Ouates: bus 23.

Tourist information and tickets can be obtained at the Unireso information counter in the Arrivals hall of the airport, on leaving customs control. Tickets can also be purchased from the machines located at bus stops (CHF or Euro change required) and at the Swiss railway station. The transportation (TPG) in Geneva is free of charge for the hotel residents. Ask for transportation voucher at your hotel desk at check in.

Taxis in Geneva can be ordered by phone, hailed in the street or found at about 60 authorised taxi ranks in town, airport and main station. Fares between airport and city range from about CHF 30.00 to CHF 35.00 and depend on traffic conditions, time of day and number of passengers. Presently, the fare within Geneva, including airport, is the amount shown on the taximeter. The driver will request a small extra charge for luggage. Tip and VAT are included. In case of difficulties, note the cab's identity number and ask for a receipt.


Most of the hotels are located in the heart of the city, between the Geneva Lake, the main train station Cornavin, and the United Nations. The Dufour building of the University, where the Symposium will be held, is in the city centre, about 10 minutes by bus from the station.

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